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Schaumburg Volunteer of the Year 2001

Name: Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Address: 1000 West Schaumburg Road; Schaumburg, Illinois 60194
Name of Nominator: Lt. Dennis Carroll

The Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAAS) was organized in June 1998, and became a not for profit organization on January 1, 1999. The main catalysts that formalized this organization were Citizen Police Academy graduates who wanted to continue their relationship with the police department and village after completing the twelve week Citizens Policy Academy. Since their inception, CPAAAS members have volunteered their time and talents to the benefit of the police department and to the village. Based on the events the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association has volunteered their time in the past year, I have estimated they have volunteered over 1300 hours of their time in the past year.
Examples of how CPAAAS members have volunteered during our events and programs are as follows:

  • Sponsored a plaque honoring the police department Canine handlers and the K-9's. This plaque is prominently displayed in our community room.

  • Initiated the 'Angel Fund' in the memory of Ross Angel the first CPAAAS President who passed away from cancer. This fund has provided the police department with helmets for our summer bicycle patrol.
  • During Septemberfest CPAAAS walked with the Police Department during the Labor Day Parade. CPAAAS members attended training on how to operate our button making machine and how to fingerprint children for the Kid ID program. Then then organized and set up our button making display at the Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit booth during Septemberfest. Members assisted visitor bus arrival and departure, and in cleaning the part area after the fireworks.

  • Assists the police department Child Passenger Seat technicians with our Child Safety Seat Checkpoints. A CPAAAS member has become a certified technician on her own time.
  • Assisted the Crime Prevention/Community Relations unit at the Law Enforcement Expo at the Randhurst Mall. Members distributed brochures and made McGruff buttons for the children that attended.
  • Constantly work as ambassadors of the police department to the village and residents. Having attended the CPA, the members have build relationships with the officers and have been educated in how our police department serves the community. This relationship serves as an educational venue for all other residents and non-residents that may have misunderstandings on law enforcement.

  • Volunteer their time and seek donations to assist those residents of the Township that require food, clothing, and assistance that otherwise would not have been provided.

  • Organized events with Jewel Osco, Dominick's, and Carson Pirie Scott to seek charitable donations.

  • Assisted with our National Night Out program. Put together community event packages and particated during this National Crime Prevention Awareness event.

  • Assisted the Crime Prevention/Community Relations unit in conducting a YMCA Healthy Kid's Day.
  • Provided assistance during our annual Open House Event. CPAAAS members conducted tours, assisted guests and provided support during the many demonstrations. Twenty-nine members were in attendance and CPAAAS received a letter of appreciation from Chief of Police, Richard S. Casler.

  • CPAAAS membes have been the first to apply for and be recommended as our first Volunteer group to be implemented at the police department.

  • Participated in the Village Clean Up Day.

  • Numerous members participated in our Shop with a Cop event which benefits children of the community.

  • In recognition of their volunteer work with the Schaumburg Township, CPAAAS received the Friend of Schaumburg Township Award on March 15, 2001.

  • Volunteered for the IPAC/CALEA Conference hosted by the Police Department. CPAAAS members welcomed guests and assisted with conference registration.
  • CPAAAS members put together all of the manuals that are used for the CPA classes.

  • CPAAAS participated in Special Olympics Cops & Lobsters fund raising event.

The Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association have become ambassadors of the police department and to the community in which we serve. Their dedication to volunteering and the contributions to the community make them excellent candidates for Volunteer of the Year.
Lt. Dennis Carroll
Special Services Bureau Commander
Resources Division
Schaumburg Police Department